January 2012 Archives

Schools Must Do More to Involve Parents, Students in IEP Process

Parents and students with disabilities aren't as involved in the process of mapping out their goals with schools as much they should be, and schools could do more to make the process more welcoming.

Lessons From San Diego: Too Much Inclusion, Too Fast?

Did San Diego's approach to inclusion move too fast, without enough required training for teachers and principals? Many parents and teachers say yes, and students with and without disabilities have suffered as a result.

Arizona Vouchers for Students With Disabilities Ruled Constitutional

The new version of the state's voucher program passed its first legal challenge, and lawmakers are considering expanding the program to make it available to all students.

New Autism Definition Could Exclude Many From Diagnosis

Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS would disappear as diagnoses and the autism spectrum would grow narrower under a new definition proposed by the American Psychiatric Association.

Districts Must Expand Definition, Services to Students With Disabilities

A new letter from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights expands the definition of students for whom school districts' may have to provide special education services and accommodations, including some who in the past may have been found not to need those services.

Wisconsin Proposes Law Limiting Use of Restraints, Seclusion

The state legislature will consider a law restricting how students are restrained or secluded, a second attempt at such a law after a bill proposed in 2011 failed to pass.

Florida: States Excluding Too Many Students from NAEP

Although there has been a push to make "the nation's report card", the National Assessment of Educational Progress, better reflect the academic performance of all children in America's schools, the effort hasn't gone far enough, Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said recently.

ESEA Bills Are 'Full Retreat From Accountability' for Special Education

Even with its imperfections, NCLB has forced schools to focus students with disabilities, one group says. The House bills back down from that completely, a threat to those students going forward.

Group Acts to Address Overidentification of Black Children as Disabled

The National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities will train parents how to better advocate for their children and address this persistent disproportionality.

'The Single Most Important Issue Facing Special Education Today'?

Some special education advocates want the U.S. Department of Education to rescind their interpretation of federal special education spending rules.

GAO Says College-Entrance Exams Fall Short on Accommodations

College entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT aren't always reformatted for students with disabilities the way the should be, a new report from the Government Accountability Office finds. The same goes for some tests students need to get into graduate school, medical school, law school, and other programs.

In With the New; Out With (Some of) the Old

Looking over what I wrote about in this space over the course of the year, and what interested readers the most, I have the feeling I will be revisiting many of these subjects in 2012.

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